Girls collect water from a well, Rajasthan, India. The dam Save the Children built has recharged the ground water sources around the village and the well.
Save the Children are building small dams and rainwater harvesting systems to improve the safe water supply to villages. We have completed 22 new dams, repaired a further 22, and built 48 small ponds on subsistence farms. We have built 24 rainwater harvesting systems on school roofs to ensure that school children have a steady supply of safe drinking water. Water in the area is contaminated with fluoride, with the result that young children are complaining of arthritis and problems with their hair and teeth. In addition, we have built 10 cesspits to improve hygiene and sanitation.